Hijab row: SC saw a split verdict

Debjit Mukherjee: The Supreme Court saw a split verdict on Thursday as the order was pronounced on a slew of petitions that challenged the ban on wearing of hijab, the headscarf worn by Muslim women and girls, in educational institutes in Karnataka. The hearing in the top court over the matter – which has become a highly emotive issue – spanned over 10 days before the final order was reserved on September 22 by a bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia.

On Thursday, as the verdict was read out, Justice Hemant Gupta affirmed the Karnataka High Court order in March, while Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia quashed the state government’s order on wearing of the headscarves.

The matter has now been referred to Chief Justice of India UU Lalit for constituting a larger bench.